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  • NHL Western Conference team previews and predictions

    NHL Western Conference team previews and predictions
    There’s a good reason no team has repeated as Stanley Cup champion since the Detroit Red Wings of 1997 and 1998. “It’s hard. Damned hard,” said Kings right wing Justin Williams, who was voted the Most Valuable Player of the...
  • NHL playoff Picks: Can Flyers or Rangers go deep?

     
    Some things in the NHL playoffs are guarantees. Penguins star Sidney Crosby will again grow a pathetic mustache and make annoying whiny faces when he’s hit. His teammate, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, will implode at some point and let up seven......
  • Anze Kopitar, Slovenia advance to Olympic men's hockey quarterfinals

    Anze Kopitar, Slovenia advance to Olympic men's hockey quarterfinals
    SOCHI, Russia -- It was Slovenia’s version of the 1980 U.S. “Miracle on Ice,” a historic moment for a team whose country, with a population of about 2 million, has only seven indoor hockey rinks and only 148 senior-level players....
  • Bargain-shopping Blackhawks sign Brad Richards

    Bargain-shopping Blackhawks sign Brad Richards
    The bold moves by the Blackhawks' Central Division rivals came early on the opening day of free agency. A short time after the Stars acquired Jason Spezza in a blockbuster trade Tuesday, the Blues opened their pocketbook to sign the coveted Paul...
  • Canadiens beat Lightning in overtime, 5-4, in playoff opener

    Dale Weise scored 18 minutes 8 seconds into overtime Wednesday night to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 victory over the host Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening game of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Daniel Briere passed from...
  • Ducks can't find right price or player on deadline day

    Ducks can't find right price or player on deadline day
    The Ducks’ positioning for a final trade-deadline day deal failed to culminate in a trade Wednesday when the Vancouver Canucks kept center Ryan Kesler and two other possible additions went elsewhere. Buffalo forward Matt Moulson was traded to...
  • Kyle Palmieri hangs in balance, remains a Duck

    The fortune of Kyle Palmieri teetered before the noon hour Wednesday. Earlier in the day, he practiced with the Ducks’ first line, which Wednesday night will include stars Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. But he was also believed to be a leading...
  • Kings add a potentially big piece in Marian Gaborik

    It took several years and a stop in New York and a more recent move to Columbus, but Marian Gaborik finally became a Los Angeles King. Gaborik was interested in the Kings a long time ago, and Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi had toyed with the idea...
  • Kings make one of the few big deals on NHL trade deadline day

    The prevailing winds shifted within the NHL when the high-spending, short-term-thinking New York Rangers declined to overpay winger Ryan Callahan or give him the leverage of a no-trade clause and traded him to Tampa Bay for 38-year-old Martin St. Louis....
  • Dwight King, three others receive qualifying offers from Kings

    The Kings tendered qualifying offers to four players, including winger Dwight King, before Monday’s deadline to tender offers to restricted free agents in order to retain negotiating rights to those players. They also tendered qualifying offers to...
  • Kings' Willie Mitchell begins search for a new team

    Kings' Willie Mitchell begins search for a new team
    It's not you, it's me. That is the NHL version — free-agency style — of a disappointing breakup. Hockey's free agency starts Tuesday and among those on the market will be Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, who won the Stanley Cup twice in Los...